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Contempt of court case against Roshan Ranasinghe is wrong: Speaker

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BY YOHAN PERERA AND AJITH SIRIWARDANA

Parliament, Nov. 30 (Daily Mirror)-The contempt of court case filed against MP Roshan Ranasinghe is wrong as no one can file legal action against an MP for the remarks he makes in Parliament, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana said today.

The Speaker made this remark in response to a query by Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa in Parliament.

“It is clear that no one can sue an MP for comments he makes in the House,” the Speaker said.

“Let the judiciary handle the contempt of court case and give a verdict,” he also said at the same time.

Sajith Premadasa, who referred to 3 and 4 of the Parliamentary Privileges Act said an MP cannot be sued or arrested for remarks made in Parliament.


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  • Nihal Amarasekera Thursday, 30 November 2023 11:52 AM

    Yes MPs’ are supreme and whatever uttered within their dugout is BY THEM, FOR THEM, and of NO VALUE (WORTHLESS) for the General Public

    L Jaya Thursday, 30 November 2023 12:11 PM

    At least this time he fully agreed to opposition claim.

    Anil Thursday, 30 November 2023 12:20 PM

    What we need is the jungle law to correct this Parliamentary privileges. Aragalaya nearly did that. Survived that thanks to RR.

    Karalasingam Sivalingam Thursday, 30 November 2023 12:38 PM

    Parliament is a forum to air your views over anyone or issues, which doesn't akin to contempt of court.

    Kevin Thursday, 30 November 2023 01:03 PM

    Well said Nihal

    Ram Thursday, 30 November 2023 03:56 PM

    I hope the court will make a Court Costs order against the Petitioner and personal costs order against the lawyer who has ill advised his client who is also a lawyer for wasting time of court

    Buddhist Thursday, 30 November 2023 09:18 PM

    At last, the constitution-violating speaker has spoken with a sliver of hope.

    Bandu Thursday, 30 November 2023 10:36 PM

    If it is accepted by Court that there was no contempt of court in a speech in Parliament by an MP, as per Act of Parliament, then both the Lawyer and Petitioner has to be responsible for wasting court time and suitably dealt with.

    melville perera Friday, 01 December 2023 08:47 AM

    ignorance of the law is no excuse particularly for the learned fraternity as explained by the speaker why did the attorney take up the case which is a waste of court time and taxpayers money

    Vivien Kandapani Friday, 01 December 2023 03:07 PM

    Get legal advice from well qualified (Ha - Hah!!) Nimal and Myna (both have Hora certificates). Therefore, well qualified for such advise!1


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